What if I told you that you could still enjoy a bowl of creamy oatmeal in the mornings whilst still living a Primal lifestyle? You'd think I've gone bonkers, but believe me - with a little creativity it really is doable.
Similar to our Primal Protein Acai Chia Parfait recipe, this one's grain free and contains a healthy dose of protein and good fats, making it the perfect natural breakfast fuel. Unlike many supermarket breakfast options, this recipe is free from refined sugar, carbs and contains no funny ingredients.
Although I'm not a big breakfast fan myself, I know this isn't the case with all those undergoing a Primal lifestyle. Some of you will find that your body works perfectly well without breakfast, some of you will find that you don't. If you're one of those who needs a little something in the morning, then my Berry Nice Primal Oatmeal is for you. You see, if you've read my book then you'll understand that good fats, as well as protein, provides us with the best energy possible. Thanks to the mixed nuts, chia sees, mixed seeds and coconut flour, you're getting all the good fats into your diet in one meal.
It shouldn't come as a surprise when I tell you that nuts are in our list of Primal superfoods. All nuts are rich in protein and healthy oils such as Omega 3. Most of them also contain healthy levels of magnesium, potassium, iron, copper and various B vitamins. However, when it comes to nuts we do need to demonstrate a little portion control - something of which I struggle with! I personally adore nuts and I think they're an amazing addition to our diet but when it comes to this recipe, a palm size serving is just about right. Otherwise, due to their high calorie content, it's easy to rank our calories up. When it comes to nuts, the most natural, unprocessed nuts are the ones we should be looking for. Ditch the salted, processed and roasted ones.
Just like nuts, seeds are in our superfood category as they are high in fibre, packed full of antioxidants and offer rich sources of minerals and vitamins. There are seven magnificent seeds you should try to include in your daily diet and at Primal Cure, we like to consider those seeds as the 'Magnificent Seven'. In that category you'll find chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. All of these hold some pretty spectacular health benefits too.
One of the most popular superfoods in the world, chia seeds are extremely rich in fibre, Omega 3, protein and minerals. They create the main base for this recipe and provide the oatmeal with its creamy texture. Chia seeds are also a high antioxidant food, which can help in the prevention of ageing skin. As well as that, they contain a good dose of vitamin B3, potassium, thiamine and vitamin B12.
Seen as the king in the plant world, flaxseeds have a high level of Omega 3 and contain a significant amount of fibre and protein. As well as that, they also contain vitamin B6, iron, potassium and more.
Since their rise in popularity due to their relation to cannabis (they're botanically related), hemp seeds are now being known for having one of the most balanced nutritional profiles among all seeds. They're an excellent source of fatty acids, such as Omega 3 and 6, and thanks to their fibre content they'll leave you feeling fuller for longer and help reduce those pesky sugar cravings.
Probably one of the most common seeds out there, pumpkin seeds are rich in protein and B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and folate.
If you find that your stomach gets a little wobbly (upset) after eating seeds and nuts then try soaking them in a little water overnight before you make this recipe. When you soak nuts and seeds overnight, you decrease the enzyme inhibitors and anti nutrient content which makes the absorption of the nutrients and protein easier to digest. Simply soak them in water and in the morning, drain and use as normal.
If I'm honest - leaving all Primal thoughts aside - I much prefer this version of the classic oatmeal recipe. Thanks to the chia seeds and coconut flour, you really don't miss out on the creaminess of the original recipe and in fact, the texture is far better than your bog standard recipe. You've got crunch, you've got nuttiness and you've got a lovely sweetness from the raw honey. Nothing wakes you up on the morning quite like this breakfast.
As with all my recipes, I like to keep things simple and whilst this recipe calls for a little chilling, you can easily do this overnight and wake up to breakfast that's already made for you. All you need are a few ingredients, 5 minutes of your time and you're good to go. It doesn't get easier than that, huh?!
Berry Nice Primal Oatmeal
Serves: 4 people
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 - 2 hours
- 280ml almond milk
- 6 tbsp chia seeds
- 125g mixed nuts
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 2 tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds)
- 2 tbsp raw organic honey
- 2 tbsp full fat natural yoghurt
- Handful of fresh and organic berries
- 1 tsp raw organic honey
- Begin by pulsing your nuts until finely chopped.
- In a mason jar, add your chia seeds, your pulsed mixed nuts, coconut flour and mixed seeds. Pour the almond milk into the jar, along with the organic honey and stir until everything has combined. You may also wish to shake the jar. Pop in the fridge for an hour or two to allow the oatmeal to set.
- Once done, remove from the fridge. You should have a thick oatmeal texture. If not, leave for a little longer in the fridge (overnight can often be best). If the texture is a little bit too thick, then simply add a dash of almond milk and mix.
- Serve your oatmeal with a dollop of full fat yoghurt (the natural kind), a handful of berries and an extra dash of raw organic honey if you please. Enjoy!